William Shakespeare’s The Tempest::Screen Adaptation by Julie Taymor

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Postby Edward Pungot » 01/05/12 08:32 AM

Ive been waiting for this film to come out on DVD for the longest time. Finally saw it yesterday afternoon. Wonderfully done, and as always, the artistic vision of Julie Taymor really shines through in this screen adaptation of one of Shakespeares last few penned plays. Yes, there is plenty of magic and the supernatural in here, but more importantly, there is a synthesis of all of the playwrights best works, masterfully and intricately interwoven with a cast of characters whose inner conflicts and outer dialogues make for a real treat for lovers of Shakespeares works. This is the stuff which dreams are made of. Highly Recommended!
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 01/05/12 08:50 AM

Is this the production with Judi Dench as Prospera?
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Postby Edward Pungot » 01/05/12 11:06 AM

She does kind of look like Judi Dench. It's actually Helen Mirren and she plays the original male part very powerfully.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/05/12 11:59 AM

Wasn't it Shakespeare's final play?
A very hard show to pull off. The film, as I recall, didn't get terrific reviews.
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Postby Edward Pungot » 01/05/12 12:39 PM

It may not be up to par with industry standards, but compared to most magic acts out there, it has more to say about the human condition than all the mediocre magic acts out there combined.

Yes, come to think of it, I believe it was his last.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 01/05/12 12:45 PM

? since when is a magic act supposed to offer more than a few minutes of amusing reminder how much effort we put in to model "reality" and how flawed our models can be?
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Postby Edward Pungot » 01/05/12 12:50 PM

True, you make a very good point. Sometimes it's best to keep things light and simple and to the point.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 01/05/12 12:53 PM

Jonathan, magic is supposed to offer more than that whenever the perforner deems it necessary. Have you never seen Rene Lavand?
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 01/05/12 01:16 PM

The entertianment/entertainer can be whatever - be it evangelical or poetic - though IMHO the magic (let's stick with tricks rather than the persuasive/sentimental aspect) is what it is whether a literary device to move a story or what amounts to a punch line in a joke - as above.
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Postby mai-ling » 01/05/12 03:11 PM

I have to see this.
thanks for posting.

10 years ago I scored music for a production
of this play and performed it live and it was
the most amazing and magical experience ever.

is is the most magic play by shakey.
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Postby Bill McFadden » 01/05/12 03:24 PM

I still prefer John Cassavetes' Tempest.
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Postby Jonathan Townsend » 01/05/12 03:55 PM

Looking forward to this latest take on Tempest.
So far my favorite interpretation is Forbidden Planet.
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